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Eero Home WiFi System: From the window to the wall

Posted on 02 August 2017

We live in an era of digital innovation and wireless connectivity. Staying digitally connected has become an integral part of our daily lives – both in professional and personal capacity. Well, with the Eero Home WiFi system, things have just gotten a little easier. Eero is a powerful and easily integratabtle wifi device that seamlessly works in every single area of your house. Cutting-edge Eero Beacons blanket your entire house with ultra-fast WiFi.

These beacons are wirelessly connected to each other to form a WiFi mesh, which ensures you have uniform connection throughout your house. Say goodbye to blind spots because with the Eero WiFi system, you will have a connection in every corner of your house, including the yard.

An Eero and two beacons are a good combination for most homes, however, you can add as many beacons as you want to enhance the effectiveness of the mesh. This is a feature unique to Eero. Most WiFi systems have a limited number of beacons that can be added to the system.

There are some subtle features of the Eero home system that makes it a good deice to have, such as the option to locate a connected device and easy installation with regular automatic updates.

The Eero system provides its users a great WiFi experience in which multiple members of a family can use it simultaneously without having to worry about their location or a substantial drop in internet speeds. However, this does not justify the fact that the Eero system is almost twice as expensive as its counterparts from renowned companies like Google.

The system comes with a modem and three beacons, one of which is connected to the Eero and the other two kept in different places in the house. The set is available for $500, which is absurd compared to the price of Google WiFi, a similar system that can be bought in under $200. While the Eero does have some nice features, they are not enough to justify its price, which is why you’re better off getting one of its less expensive counterparts.

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ZyXEL PLA5236KIT AC900 Powerline Wireless Extender Kit

Posted on 19 April 2017

ZyXEL, a popular manufacturer of networking devices, has now introduced the PLA5236KIT AC900 Powerline Wireless Extender Kit. This extender has greatly fulfilled the needs of people who wanted their internet to work well even in every corner of the house. In fact, it is a better choice rather than spending more on TP-Link Deco M5 or a new Wi-Fi connection.

The proposed price of this device is $85. It includes a power line WI-FI access point and a power line adapter. At first, the adapter is connected to an existing network and plugged directly into the wall socket. Then, the access point is plugged at another socket in another part of the house. This extends the home network to the access point.

For this extender to work well, the electric wiring must be attached continuously and the units must be plugged directly into the wall socket. The setting up of this device might be challenging for those who are inexperienced, as ZyXEL products have to be connected to a web interface.

Other ZyXEL products have been great but the PLA5236KIT AC900 Powerline Wireless Extender Kit failed to make a strong impression. Various tests were performed and the average internet speed using the device was 250MBs, much higher than the average speed you get from an extender, which is 100MBs. It is important to note the extender gives a good speed when close to your mobile device but if it’s a bit far away, the speed falls to less than 100MBs, which is a matter of concern.

It is obviously the most affordable choice and is effective as well to some extent. You only get what you pay for as you cannot expect much from it. It will simply share a moderate cable and increase the range of the connection. If this does not fulfill your needs, you should check other devices.

The bottom line is that it gives a good service when compared to its price. Nowadays, none of these types of products are available at an affordable rate, so people must buy this instead of spending high amounts of money on any other device, without compromising on performance.

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Plume Adaptive Wi-Fi System

Posted on 19 December 2016

Instead of using three or four medium-sized pieces of hardware for a Wi-Fi system, Plume has brought an effective solution effective solution, which involves the use of small-sized hardware for separate rooms. It is the world’s first self-optimizing Wi-Fi network driven by cloud technology that acclimatizes with your home in the shortest of time so that every room can have a super fast connection.

Plume Adaptive Wi-Fi System’s technology helps Wi-Fi signals travel fast and well through walls by making use of a distributed system of certain points to travel to each corner, nook and cranny of your house. This means that traveling from one room to another will not have even the slightest interruption in your Wi-Fi experience. Since conventional mesh systems utilize a backhaul channel, every skip between source points breaks the capacity of the network by the number of skips taken for data delivery. Plume Adaptive Wi-Fi System uses a different band or medium for every skip, retaining the fast speed of your Wi-Fi.

Another good feature of the Plume Adaptive Wi-Fi System pods is that they can be plugged into any wall outlet, making your walls clutter free. Furthermore, they are small and hence occupy less space and do not block the neighboring plug space. Regardless of whether you reside in a 3-story house or an urban loft, deciding upon the use of right Plume plod is as simple as summing the total number of rooms in your house (5 rooms = 5 pods).

The setup literally takes two minutes, and offers uninterruptible connection coupled with optimized dataflow. Therefore, whether you are downloading a 5K video or just trying to make a Skype call, Plume Adaptive Wi-Fi System knows how to manage various kinds of traffic to provide an uninterrupted, smooth internet experience. Putting it simply, Plume offers more bandwidth, more coverage and more data intelligence at a highly reasonable price.

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Starry Station Router

Posted on 11 February 2016

The router of the future is here and unfortunately it is quite pricey. While the router is often the most neglected yet essential part of the family of home electronics, Starry Station router is here to change all that. The cute, rounded white pyramid device with a touchscreen is undoubtedly the first of its kind. The router is certainly something that is meant to be showed off. The router is the first product from a new startup, called Starry.

The easy to use display can be used from up to 10 feet away and shows a score from 1 to 100 to indicate how strong your connection is. While a blue orb indicates a good connection, a red orb indicates a bad one. One of the most notable features of the Starry Station router is it has the ability to assign new network names and passwords all with ease from its touch screen. In addition, the router is smart enough to manage screen time for individual devices. This is a great feature for parents who want to control their child’s screen time but are unable to do so with conventional routers.

The Starry Station router intelligently assesses whether your device is connected to a 5GHz band or a 2.4-band and effectively helps you switch to a better connection when needed. When you walk up the router, it automatically detects your presence, causing the motion detector to automatically display everything from the number of devices connected to the router to the bandwidth which is actually being used by the router.

The Starry Station is not like your ordinary router which you would hide somewhere at the end of your desk, the device instantly adds visual appeal to your workstation. On the downside, the device is insanely expensive at $350 and only has two Ethernet ports. That being said, the features do make it somewhat worth the money you spend on it.

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D-Link Wireless AC750 – Compact and Easy to Use

Posted on 12 November 2014

To stay connected to the internet wherever you are in your home, you need to invest in a good router. If you are looking for a router that will fulfill your requirements at home, you should consider buying the D-Link Wireless AC750. To learn more about it, read on.

Design
It is perfectly capable of being used as a portable router. The cylindrical shape has been carried forward from the predecessor. Surprisingly, it is a third of the size of its previous model. You have a wide array of colors to choose from including teal, orange and white. Its design enables you to mount it on the wall. Considering the variety of colors on offer, it is a perfect choice to mix and match the color scheme with your newly painted wall.

Specification & Performance
You will find four Gigabyte LAN ports on the back of the router. Apart from that, a Gigabyte WAN port is also offered to meet your internet needs. It is fully capable of hosting a storage device with its built-in USB 2.0 port. The web portal can be accessed to further customize the network preferences. Although the preferences are nothing out of the ordinary, it offers additional features which are normally not found in routers in the same price range.

The router also has an integrated cloud feature. With that being said, it is true to its claim as being a dual band router. It can support the 802.11ac Wi-Fi frequency which is a standard feature amongst all routers. While the router has a low band spectrum, it can still manage to offer download speeds of up to 433Mbps.

Considering the aforementioned factors, it is safe to assume that the router is not suitable for commercial use. It does prove to be a great router to use at home and offers a huge array of features while costing no more than $80.

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Netgear Challenges the RT-AC87U Router Recently Launched by Asus With Nighthawk X4 AC2350 Smart Wi-Fi R7500

Posted on 15 September 2014

Does It Live Up to the Cha?

Are you looking for a high-performance Digital Video Recorder (DVR) for your TV? Simple.TV 2 might just be the perfect choice for you. The cord-cutting DVR is the latest iteration of Simple.TV and looks quite like a streaming box now. The original device looked like something Apple would make. It is larger than a Roku but doesn’t take up much space.
First things first, you will notice that there is a cooling fan inside the grille. The issue is that the fan does make some noise and if the sound is turned down, it is quite audible. This is the biggest drawback of the Simple.TV 2. Because of the fan, you get the feeling you have turned on a PC when you switch the DVR on. There are some firmware updates you can download and install to minimize the noise.

The price has been hiked, as was expected, and the Simple.TV 2 costs $200, $50 more than its predecessor. The software featured in the device enables you to use a range of platforms, from Android to iOS, and also multiple browsers. According to the makers, using the Android app offers the most stable performance. You can also stream shows outside your home through the Whole-Planet Remote Access feature. It costs $150 for lifetime subscription.
You can also download offline content. Click on the ‘Download’ icon and the program will be uploaded to the server and converted so you can watch it. It does take a long time to download high-quality videos but that is the case with most DVRs. Also, you cannot share videos across multiple networks. You will get an error if you try to do so.

Regarding performance, the picture quality gets compromised when you view the content on a larger screen. Also, optimal functionality is limited to two users at a time. As far as the price is concerned, the $150 lifetime fee is economical and proves quite cost-effective in the long run.

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Netgear Nighthawk X4 – the not So Smart ‘Smart’ Wi-Fi Router

Posted on 08 September 2014

Netgear attempts to challenge the RT-AC87U router recently launched by Asus with its Nighthawk X4 AC2350 Smart Wi-Fi R7500. Does it live up to the challenge? The answer is ‘no’. The disappointing aspect is that the router features a powerful processor yet does not build up on the features and performance of its predecessor. The interface remains the same and at a time when customers are looking for convenience, this one does not cut it.

Of course, it would be wrong to say that the router is useless just because it didn’t match expectations. There are some great features, the best of which is its range. You might be surprised at the long range it offers. You get clear signals and fast browsing even when at a distance from the router. Moreover, it has a smart QoS feature. Using this feature, you can optimize the performance of your internet connection to enjoy a smoother and overall better browsing and downloading experience.

In addition, you can use the router as an NAS server, and a good one at that, when connecting an external hard drive to your computer or laptop. The Nighthawk X4 AC2350 Smart Wi-Fi R7500 also supports Time Machine without the need for any additional installation. On the other hand, there are far more faster routers available on the market and the interface is a huge letdown. There are simply too many items on the menu for a user to operate it effectively.

Perhaps the biggest of all drawbacks is the price. At $280, the router is just too expensive. The performance it offers does not at all justify the price tag you have to bear when you purchase it. Unless you are looking for a router with a long Wi-Fi range, you will find the Nighthawk X4 AC2350 Smart Wi-Fi R7500 a substandard product and hardly worth its current price. So, it is best to look for alternate options if you want a new router.

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